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Blackmer: Why I Am Running for State Representative
Campaign Statement,
11:00PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Last week, I kicked off my campaign for state representative. I am running to make sure those who reside in the 1st Berkshire District have the opportunities they need to prosper in their lives, their work and raising their families.     A Berkshire native, I have spent the last 30 years in the 1st Berkshire District and my commitment to its future success is evident both in my personal and professional life. My first priority will be to advocate and push through the legislation that my friend and colleague Gail Cariddi proposed on behalf of those in our district.    I know first hand the impact that government can have. There are good programs available to help folks in


Sapienza Makes Ballot for North Adams City Council
10:49PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bryan Sapienza is running for a seat on the North Adams City Council this fall.    Sapienza, a city native, has returned his papers, which have been certified so he will appear on the November ballot.   He is a parts manager for K-M Toyota and previously was a quality assurance technician at Specialty Minerals and an instrument technician for the now closed Yankee Atomic. He also worked as a substitute teacher for both the North Adams Public Schools and Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.    Sapienza attended both Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, holding an associate's degree in engineering


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Clarksburg Bridge Reduced to One-Lane for Structural Issues
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:13PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Travelers along Cross Road will have to deal with a one-lane bridge for awhile.    The span over the Hudson Brook was sectioned off Thursday to only allow traffic on the southern side. The state Department of Transportation informed town officials last month that the deteriorating structure was no longer safe enough to carry loads on the north side.    "The change will remain in place until funding can be obtained to replace the structure in its entirety," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney in release announcing the traffic advisory. "Our engineers have reviewed the bridge and have proposed several replacement options going

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'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"


BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike.   The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued it unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new agreement was signed.    "While we are disappointed that the union has moved one step closer to a strike, we look forward to meeting again with the union on Aug. 7, with hopes of reaching an agreement," Berkshire Health Systems Vice President of Human Resources


MCLA Receives Mellon Planning Grant
03:39PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received a $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to establish a Berkshire Humanities Council.

The council will create regional collaborations and extend best and emerging humanities practices in teaching, learning and community engagement by utilizing new and deeper ways to connect the resources in our region.

The planning for a Berkshire Humanities Council will begin on Aug. 1, and extend through June 30, 2018. It will focus on three main items: creating the model for a digital asset map; defining experiential-based learning and formalizing undergraduate research opportunities; and outlining a


Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain and Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:05PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the classical music festival season. Programs this week at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of symphonic music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. The prodigious pianist Garrick Ohlsson has a busy week in store: He will perform Chopin's two piano concertos on successive evenings, and will offer a solo recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin on Tuesday evening in Ozawa Hall. Added to this, programs 4 and 5 in the special series "Schubert's Summer Journey," featuring Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Mr. Ohlsson, will surely be not-to-be-missed musical high points.

Enhancing the offerings above, be sure to


Letter: Arts Commission Should OK Pillar Art Restoration
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

To the Editor:

I am writing in relation to your recent article covering the latest North Adams Public Art Commission meeting. I was disturbed to read that the commission had previously encouraged Mr. Oberst to submit a proposal to only then turn around and tell him that any proposal he makes will not be granted unless it is co-authored by Mass MoCA.

At its core Mr. Oberst and Mass MoCA are in a dispute, one which Mr. Oberst had no part in creating. Your article notes that Mass MoCA made other applications to the Public Art Commission properly but did not when they destroyed the work Mr. Oberst and local school children had been involved in. It is safe to assume they were worried that


Diversify Your Investments But Consolidate Your Providers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:10PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren't two (or more) heads better than one?

Before we look at that issue, let's consider the first half of the "diversification" question – namely, how does diversifying your investment portfolio help you?

Consider the two broadest categories of investments: stocks and bonds. Stock prices will move up and down in response to many different factors, including good or bad corporate earnings, corporate management issues, political


North Adams Happenings: Aug. 2-8
12:40PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
August 2nd through 8th   Save the


Biz Briefs: Zogics Awarded Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit
12:32PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Working out: For the second year in a row, Berkshire-based Zogics has received certification for its worksite wellness program from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This certification allows Zogics to claim a $10,000 Wellness Tax Credit for tax year 2017. The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive program gives qualifying businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit for having a certified wellness program.

Wellness has long been a cornerstone of Zogics, an e-commerce company that serves the health and fitness industry. "The Wellness Tax Credit will help support our goal of building the healthiest workplace in the country," said Zogics CEO Paul


SteepleCats' Season Ends with Loss to Mystic
11:09PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
The North Adams SteepleCats ended the 2017 season with a loss to the Mystic Schooners, 7-1, at Fitch High School.   The Schooners used nine pitchers, one in each inning, to stymie the SteepleCat hitters. North Adams finishes the 2017 NECBL season with a 18-26 record, while the Schooners will play Thursday in the NECBL Playoffs against the Plymouth Pilgrims.   Starter Joe Gratton (Castleton) tossed two scoreless innings for the SteepleCats, but the Schooners took a lead that it never relinquished in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Mascelli (Wagner) drew a one-out walk, and Andruw Gazzola (Stony Brook) followed with a double that scored Mascelli. Tommy Jew (UC Santa Barbara)


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